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Braids, Beads & Threads: Stylish Natural Hair Inspiration by Dionne Smith | Part 1



In this two-part post, hairstylist Dionne Smith shows us some gorgeous ways she styles natural hair.

I was inspired to show of the beauty of natural hair working across different textures, showing the versatility of  curl manipulation.

I created different textures using different setting methods and styling accordingly.

All looks created are completely the models own hair except the 2 side braids where extension was added for length.

Be inspired to embrace your natural hair and get creative with it.”
We really like her use of threads in one of the styles, it’s something that hasn’t been used in a while but we see it making a come back in more stylish ways that the old school “Binta goes to school” looks.
image3 image1 Dionne Smith Natural Hair image5 image6
Hair: Dionne Smith | | @dionnesmithhair | 07943936188
Make Up: Joy Adenuga | | @joyadenuga
Photography: Michael Akiode of Archyraphotography | |  @archyraphotography
Stylist: Judith Ade | @styledbymsj
Jewellery: Stushlery | | @stushlery
Models: Samantha Lloyd | @flowerbatts
Fiona Murray | @fiona_melissa_murray


  1. bijouxthisbijouthat

    March 14, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    WOW!!!! She is gorgeous…. hairstyles gorgeous too

    • Damilola

      March 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Gorgeous ladies and hair. I’m always rocking number 4, my go to style.

  2. Mymind

    March 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    These look amazing! Is the 4th one made with thread? My gosh I’m intrigued!
    Where can I get owu in yankee? E ba mi wa owu mehn lol

    • Mymind

      March 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      3rd I mean

    • Abz

      March 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Send me an email [email protected]. I’ll hook you up with naija owu.

  3. Wanderlust _Trekeffect

    March 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Yasssss lawd! I just had my big chop? two days ago after transitioning for a year and my natural hair is already shoulder length when pulled?, think I could easily pull off the first hairdo?.

    *Dancing Etigi?*

  4. Natu

    March 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    African hair is fly!!!!

  5. Authentic Sunshine

    March 14, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Pls pls pls step by step on how the 4th look was created.

  6. DAN 1

    March 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Beautiful Africa braids they all look good.

  7. Dongagaleo

    March 14, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Oh Dear!!!!! The hair is beautiful but the models skin is everything. So beautiful, so lovely, so African…
    Seeing this pictures made me smile.
    To think my skin use to be this chocolate, spotless and all until the plague of pimples took over and left my face partially disfigured with scars… Sha God dey!
    I love her skin…. Just love it!

  8. youknow

    March 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Look two the style that the ‘Beige’ media is alleging that the ‘Koven’ created. Boxer braids ko tyson braids ni!

  9. Sunshine

    March 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    The models are STUNNING!! Especially the chocolate one. She has beautiful skin.<3<3<3

  10. Tincan

    March 14, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    The first model is so beautiful, it’s unreal. What amazing skin. Anyway love the styles, funny how I was fantasising about those thread styles we used to have when we were little. The ones were the individual threaded hair were linked and brought to one or the two sides of your neck. Must try it when I come to Naij.

  11. Betty Zoe

    March 18, 2016 at 5:51 am

    Nice and interesting post.

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